Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Mumbai

Meeting Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is in India for a four-day trade mission from April 16-19 visiting Mumbai on her first stop. She is accompanied by Geoff Lee, MP Parramatta. In Mumbai, she has had meetings with  Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange India and met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Looking to trade partnerships with the state of Maharashtra, Premier announced a two-year 1.6 million partnership between NSW and India to allow NSW entrepreneurs and technology businesses access to new markets, talent and knowledge.

Premier laid wreath in remembrance to the victims of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11. She also met talented young actor Sunny Pawar of the Oscar winning Australian movie ‘Lion’ and presented him with AACTA Award and also met Shabana Azmi. Sunny is now slated for an upcoming film Love Sonia set to release in 2018 and features Demi Moore and Freida Pinto.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement while officially launching the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) 2018 Asia International Engagement Program in Mumbai, encouraging the Indian film and TV industries to film their productions in Australia.

“The AACTA Awards play a leading role in reinforcing NSW’s position as the creative industries capital of Australia, attracting major names like Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Mel Gibson to help shine a global spotlight on our local screen industry,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Initiatives such as AACTA’s Asia International Engagement Program further strengthen our ties to other screen industries in the region, attracting additional investment into NSW and celebrating excellence in Asian cinema.”

Left to Right, Mr. Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange India with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW

“NSW has a proud history of working with Indian film productions ”“ since 2008 more than 10 Indian productions have filmed in NSW, generating estimated direct production expenditure of more than $14 million,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Upcoming projects like  One Less God  and  The Run  will no doubt be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the enormously successful Australia-India production  Lion.”

The 8th  AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney in December 20


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